The 17th Annual Ikorodu Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Business Luncheon and Awards was notable in every connotation for its outstanding surveillance of the trade sector in the waterbed region.
Held at Oteju hall in Ikorodu Ultra modern town hall on the 31st of May 2022, the event hosted eminent personalities across the division for purpose of caressing minds to enrich the quality of transactions among business owners.
The edition which was concentrated at revamping the agrarian axis saw the VIP including HRM, Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, Adeboruwa of Igbogbo kingdom, Prof. Kunle Ade Wahab, President ICCI, Chief Asipa Kaoli amongst other dignitaries on the high table, evaluating feasible solutions to break even commerce via agriculture.
In his opening remarks, Prof. Kunle Ade Wahab, took the audience down memory lane, accentuating the first-ever ICCI business luncheon held in 2013 surging to the last one in 2021.
He further urged all hands to be on deck and the government at the local, state and federal must be exhorted to develop agriculture value chains in areas of comparative advantage to develop the agro-industry through upgrading and modernization.
Prof. Wahab continued, “Also we must approve indigenous technology, a prominent role in promoting agriculture and agro-industry, develop the export market and promote trade at the state and international levels”
“Promote private enterprise and foreign direct investment (FDI) in agro-industry, and promote agro-industry and rural infrastructural development so that the expected results could be achieved”
Prof. Wahab later asserted that the event also features the conferment of the 1st Business Merit Award to High Chief Adewunmi Ogunsanya, SAN, the Odofin of the Ikorodu Kingdom for his success in the field of Law, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Insurance, Oil and Gas and Entertainment as a way of motivating others.
Patting on the Prospect of employment creation in the Agricultural sector in Nigeria, the program lecture spearheaded by Prince Adeseye Adedipe corroborated that Agriculture has been the main stay of the country‘s economy from time immemorial and through the pre-independence period before the advent of Industrial /Manufacturing activities and before the discovery of oil.
According to Prince Adedipe, Agriculture has also been maintained at the self-sustenance level and a minimal commercial level.
He stated The cultivation of the cash crops like cocoa, palm oil, kernels, rubbers etc. was also not well developed until when the Europeans came to Nigeria and brought up the commercial activities in the materials for exports to Europe to process finished goods and generate employment for Nigeria and their citizens overseas.
“Other farm products like maize, beans yams, animal husbandry, fishing etc were also developed at sustenance level for the farmers to feed their families and surplus sold to cater for other needs of the families.
“The employment level in the Agricultural sector was at minimal level up to a pre-independent period of the country”.
Proffering solutions, Prince Adedipe continued, “The number of workers needed in agriculture would continue to grow as the level of industrialization increases in Nigeria requiring agricultural materials input, this has important implications for employment policies.
“For employment, Governments need to undertake the measure required to attract self-employed enterprises that would provide wage employment for lots of people”.